Haryana notifies agri-business, food processing policy
The state government on Wednesday notified the ‘Haryana Agri-Business and Food Processing Policy 2018,’ available on https://haryanaindustries.gov.in.
State industries minister Vipul Goel said the policy endeavoured to give the required impetus to the food processing industry and make Haryana a final destination of choice for investments in the food processing sector. Further by establishing efficient forward and backward linkages, it aims to create greater employment opportunities across the entire food value chain, thus promoting agriculture and rural prosperity, he added.
Goel said the policy lays equal emphasis on providing skilled manpower, robust infrastructure and conducive business climate for all-round development of the sector. New drivers of growth such as market fee exemption, development of mini food parks, cold chain and value added infrastructure, encouragement to farmer producer organizations, support to agri and food cooperatives, promotion of start-ups in agri-business space have been given due emphasis in the policy.
“The policy aims to attract an investment to the tune of Rs 3,500 crore and generate 20,000 jobs in the sector. One of the primary goals of the policy is to increase the level of processing in perishables such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, and fishery by 10% in the next five years,” said Goel. The policy provides various fiscal incentives to individual units in Haryana, infrastructure augmentation measures across the value chain, regulatory simplification for the food processing industry and skill development initiatives, the minister added.
Source: Times of India